John Ritzu, RA

John Ritzu, RA
Associate Principal | Accessibility Specialist, FHA

John’s work is characterized by his curiosity. He combines his interest in history with technical knowledge to research how things work, how they developed, and how they can be improved.

Meticulously attuned to details, John oversees the program management of Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST, a nationwide initiative of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide technical guidance and training to the public about design and construction requirements of the FHA.

The philosophy that habitation should shape residential architecture has influenced John’s 40-year career. His work has focused primarily on multifamily projects and making those environments more livable, especially for people with disabilities.

Perpetual curiosity spurs John to question how things work and how to improve them. Intrigued by project-related challenges, he approaches them with a thorough examination of facts and then uses his knowledge to creatively to achieve the desired results.

John has taught at Carnegie-Mellon University and University of Illinois at Chicago and has lectured on design and construction requirements of the FHA, architecture, and architectural criticism nationwide. He is a member of the Society of Architectural Historians.

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